Street Naming and Numbering
Registering a Postal Address
To obtain a new address for a recently built property all new development should be registered with the Borough Council, whether developing a single property in your rear garden or a large 500 home estate.
All requests for new property and street names and numbers should be made in writing to the address shown below. Once an address has been agreed and approved the postcode for the property will be confirmed in writing by the Council’s Street Naming and Numbering Officer.
The Council charges an administration fee for the creation and registering of all new addresses, on a sliding scale depending on the size of the development, as follows:
- Development of a single dwelling - £115
- Development of between 2 and 20 dwellings - £230
- Development of over 21 dwellings - £11.50 / new dwelling
All fees should be supplied to the Council in the form of a cheque made payable to Test Valley Borough Council.
The Council will only approve the address of a property in consultation with the Royal Mail, and once agreed and confirmed will inform the local Valuation Office, the Weymouth Land Registry, the emergency services and all Test Valley Borough Council services.
Please note that Royal Mail will not register a postal address without a physical letterbox having been created, and post being delivered to the address. Royal Mail will not provide a postal address and postcode simply for the provision of location by satellite navigation devices.
Change of House Name
If the owner of a property wishes to change the name of their property, or alternatively add or remove a name to their property provided that the property must also have a street number, they should apply in writing to the Council’s Street Naming and Numbering Officer at the address below. The information required for this process is the current address of the property, and the name or number the owner wishes the property to be known as.
Note: Where a name is to be added to an already numbered property despite recognising the name and number, Royal Mail will only display the number within their database. The additional name is considered to be an “alias” and, Royal Mail does not require both the name and number to deliver items of mail.
Royal Mail will be consulted on the suitability of any new name or number and their agreement is required before the Street Naming and Numbering Officer may confirm any change. Once agreement is reached the Street Naming and Numbering Officer will confirm the change of name or number with the owner, and inform the local Valuation Office, the Weymouth Land Registry, the emergency services and all Test Valley Borough Council services.
A charge of £85 is made for the service to change, add or remove a house name, to cover the administration costs incurred by the Council and, should be supplied in the form of a cheque made payable to Test Valley Borough Council or payment can be made by Debit Card by calling 01264 368000.
The changing, addition or removal of a house name can only be carried out by the owner of the property, if you are in the process of purchasing a new house and wish to change, add or remove a name, this can only be carried out once completion of legal contracts on the property has been achieved.
The allocation of the postcode of properties is not the responsibility of Test Valley Borough Council, but is carried out by Royal Mail. Royal Mail's Address Management Centre can be contacted as follows:
Phone: 08456 045060 Fax: 08456 054433
Alternatively, should you wish to search for a post code please visit their website at www.royalmail.com/
For more information concerning street naming and numbering at Test Valley Borough Council, please contact us at the following Address:
Street Naming and Numbering Officer,
Test Valley Borough Council,
Tel: 01264 368000
For more Information please see the Council's Street Naming and Numbering Policy and Street naming and Numbering Frequently Asked Questions